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DU Has Only One Enemy

In my last "Insights" column, we discussed the critical threats facing secure water supplies for both wildlife and humans, and the increasing demands on a finite supply. So does this mean that farmers, ranchers, municipalities, and industries are the enemies of conservation? Of course not. We know that all of these entities are essential partners with DU in accomplishing our mission. Maybe our enemy is found in radical animal rights groups that we have seen follow rules of engagement that we find despicable? We have observed distorting the truth or outright lying as acceptable tactics that these groups use to justify their emotional viewpoints. Yet none of them is our enemy. They simply play upon our real enemy to hide the truth and advance their agenda. So what is the enemy that we simply must find a way to defeat if we are to achieve our long-term objectives?

Will Water Be the Oil of the Future?

Mark Twain has been credited with coining the phrase "whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over." When I checked out a website dedicated to verifying quotes from Mark Twain, it stated there is no firm evidence that he made this statement, nor evidence to discredit it. Mark Twain died in 1910, and there is little record of this statement being used before the 1980s, when Warren (Bob) Neufeld, director of the South Dakota Department of Water and Natural Resources, was quoted as saying "whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting."

Some Years Are for the Ducks

As I write this, the 2015-2016 duck season is drawing to a close. It began with great promise for a fantastic season with a record 49.6 million nesting birds counted across the northern parts of the United States, into the prairies and Great Lakes of Canada, and up in the Boreal Forests. Then the September teal season in the south and the regular season in the north seemed to bode well for great harvests and healthy populations. Millions of migratory waterfowl rested on the Canadian prairies and in the northern United States awaiting the normal push of the Arctic blasts that would encourage them to move farther south for the winter. But the weather didn't follow the normal patterns this year, either with hard freezes in Canada or temperatures and rainfall in the United States.

The True Identity of America's Conservationists

The following open letter was signed by 37 of America's leading conservation organizations, including Ducks Unlimited. As a follow-up to my previous "Insights" column, "A Lion's Tale," I am sharing this to help spread the word on why we are able to enjoy our wildlife conservation heritage.

A Lion's Tale: Only Part of the Story

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Partnerships, not politics, keep sage grouse off Endangered Species List

In an important decision today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) took a huge step toward proving partnerships among private landowners, ranchers and federal and state agencies can result in conservation efforts removing the need to place a species on the Endangered Species List.

DU CEO among conservation presenters at NASCAR Green Summit forum

Ducks Unlimited (DU) CEO Dale Hall was one of several conservation leaders who spoke during the 2015 NASCAR Green Summit in Chicago earlier this week. The summit featured a distinguished roster of participants who discussed the future of environmental sustainability and its impact on the American consumer.

Past Champions Deserve Our Gratitude

Ducks Unlimited is recognized across North America as one of the most, if not the most, significant creator of volunteer engagement in the conservation movement. Today, Ducks Unlimited Inc. has fewer than 500 paid (and very dedicated) employees that ensure the day-to-day work of the company gets done. However, we are blessed to have approximately 1 million supporters and more than 55,000 volunteers from 2,600 chapters who give their time and energy to put on more than 4,300 fundraising events each and every year. Those volunteers are, and always will be, the heart and soul of DU.

Friends Helping Friends

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

DU CEO Testifies before Senate Subcommittee

Ducks Unlimited (DU) CEO Dale Hall testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Wildlife and Water recently. His testimony was in defense of the Bipartisan Sportsman's Act of 2015. One of the Act's main components is the reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Why the Duck Stamp Is Worth the Effort

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

To Celebrate the Birthday of Ducks Unlimited, DU's President and CEO Reflect on 78 Years of Conservation

For the past 78 years, Ducks Unlimited (DU) has been a leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Given that today marks DU's 78th anniversary, it's only appropriate to look back on the past year and highlight some of our biggest accomplishments.

The Changing World of the Wildlife Biologist

When I reported for duty as a field biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1978, I wasn't sure exactly what my life's work would entail. I had spent seven years in undergraduate and graduate school learning biology, chemistry, identification of plants and animals, and how researchers thought the ecosystem worked. My emphasis was in fisheries and wetlands science. I thought I knew a lot, but I had no idea how much I had yet to learn. The one field in which I had received no training whatsoever was in the management of people and the multiple viewpoints they represent.

DU 2014 Annual Report

An executive summary of DU's financial and conservation achievements during the past year

Friends in Many Places

For 77 years, Ducks Unlimited has focused on a single-minded mission and a clear vision to have enough wetlands to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever. Our predecessors decided early in the process to focus on making a difference on the land by rolling up their sleeves and doing whatever they could to help nature help herself, and we continue to do the same. (Insights from DU CEO Dale Hall)

Looking Out for Our Interests

Insights from DU CEO Dale Hall

Federal Duck Stamp Legislation

Recently, bipartisan companion bills were introduced in the House and Senate to increase the price of the federal duck stamp. DU strongly supports this effort to ensure that the investment waterfowl hunters have made toward protecting waterfowl habitat over the last 80 years is not eroded, and that the conservation tradition of this stamp will continue. Contact your elected officials today and ask them to be a co-sponsor for this important legislation.

Habitat and Our Hunting Heritage

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Working rice lands worth $3.5 billion of managed wetland habitat

WASHINGTON – May 6, 2014 – There’s no doubt that rice, waterfowl and wetland habitats work cohesively to form a perfect ecosystem, and a recently published report puts a monetary value on those existing rice lands. Authored by Ducks Unlimited scientists for The Rice Foundation, the study found that the cost of attempting to replace rice lands with natural wetland habitat would exceed $3.5 billion.

Compromise in California

When the Lower Colorado River Authority started making drastic cutbacks in water delivery in Texas, DU board members Rogers Hoyt Jr. and Bill Ansell approached me about strengthening our advocacy for agricultural water, which is important not only to farmers but also to pintails and other wintering waterfowl. In response, DU hired Kirby Brown, a well-known professional biologist from Texas, to be our voice at the table during water-allocation discussions to ensure that farmers and waterfowl are given fair consideration.

Insights: Why We Do What We Do

Insights from DU CEO Dale Hall, from the March/April 2014 Issue of DU magazine

Dale Hall named Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year

Ducks Unlimited (DU) CEO Dale Hall has been named Bass Pro Shops' 2013 Conservation Partner of the Year. Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro, recently presented Hall with the prestigious award during a special ceremony at Bass Pro's national headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

Let's support those who support Ducks Unlimited

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

The Untold Story of Today's Youth

Ducks Unlimited's college and high school chapters may be among our best-kept secrets, but we're about to change that.

DU CEO Dale Hall on the Federal Duck Stamp

A letter from Ducks Unlimited Chief Executive Officer Dale Hall on the eve of the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition in Maumee, Ohio, September 27-28.

Duck Numbers Remain Strong, But We Must Be Vigilant

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

A 75-Year Partnership with Canadian Friends

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Cliff or Launch Pad?

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall, published in the March/April 2013 issue of Ducks Unlimited Magazine.

A Great Year

In my last column we talked about the prospects of yet another phenomenal waterfowl season, based on the record 2012 count of 48.6 million breeding ducks in the traditionally surveyed area. This fall, we may have had 120 million to 160 million birds migrating down the flyways.

The Future Begins Right Now

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Ducks Unlimited celebrates victory for Gulf Coast restoration

Ducks Unlimited is pleased that key elements of the RESTORE Act were included in the Surface Transportation Extension Act reported out of conference committee today.

Mississippi refuge renamed Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR

In honor of his predecessor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe joined with friends, conservation partners, FWS employees and the family of former FWS Director Sam Hamilton to unveil a new sign on June 22 that officially renamed Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

DU applauds Senate passing 2012 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - June 21, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced its appreciation today following the U.S. Senate's 64-35 passage of the 2012 Farm Bill. The $969.9 billion bipartisan bill maintained a conservation title that will benefit wildlife and people. Critical conservation initiatives include the Conservation Reserve Program, a conservation easement program with a strong wetland component, a regional partnership program aimed at improving water quality and a Sodsaver provision. The Senate also moved to link eligibility for federally subsidized crop insurance to compliance with conservation practices.

Our Time Capsule

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Our Work Is Never Done

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Ducks Unlimited, partners host NAWCA breakfast

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) was the focus of an early-morning briefing held in Washington this week. Ducks Unlimited and the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation hosted the breakfast briefing to highlight the history and impact of NAWCA and the need for its reauthorization and correct appropriations.

Media Advisory: Sportsmen to attend NAWCA breakfast briefing

Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are hosting a breakfast briefing on the reauthorization and appropriations of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act on April 17, 2012, at Rayburn HOB 2360.

Ducks Unlimited mourns loss of longtime leader Dale Whitesell

It is with great sorrow that the Ducks Unlimited family marks the passing of former DU Executive Vice President Dale Whitesell on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the age of 86.

The Big 75

Ducks Unlimited officially turned 75 on January 29, 2012. What a great story!

World Wetlands Day memorandum of cooperation kicks off DU's 75th anniversary celebration in NYC

NEW YORK - Feb. 2, 2012 - Every Feb. 2, people all over the globe celebrate World Wetlands Day, commemorating the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971, an intergovernmental treaty signed by 161 countries that recognizes the value and splendor of our wetland resources. This year's celebration was made all the more momentous earlier today as Ducks Unlimited and Ramsar signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in New York City.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates 75 years of conservation success

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 26, 2012 - This Sunday, Jan. 29, marks Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary. Started by four sportsmen on a mission to save North America's waterfowl populations - and the continent's strong waterfowling traditions - DU's humble beginnings came during the Great Depression and one of the worst droughts in history, far from ideal circumstances.

The Road to Success

Ducks Unlimited Inc. will be officially 75 years old on January 29, 2012, and we will be celebrating both our longevity and conservation successes throughout the year.

DU CEO Dale Hall discusses economic benefits during media forum

Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall participated in a media forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss the major impact conservation has on America's legacy, economy and people.

Live Stream of Federal Duck Stamp Competition

Stay the Course through Partnerships

Ducks Unlimited has joined forces with more than 640 conservation, recreation, and historic preservation organizations to demand that necessary spending reductions are done in an equitable and reasonable fashion.

A Good Year

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

GOP Conservation Cuts Rile Sportsmen

House Republicans fighting the Obama administration’s environmental agenda are finding themselves making decisions that threaten the party’s carefully nourished relationship with the hook and bullet crowd.

Happy Independence Day

A message from DU's CEO Dale Hall regarding this year's Independence Day.

Pay Now, or Pay Later

As we go about setting long-term goals for habitat conservation, we must be realistic about what it will cost and understand that our commitment to conservation cannot outstrip our ability to find it.

DU CEO joins America's WETLAND Foundation Board of Directors

DU is pleased with the America's WETLAND Foundation's decision to name DU CEO Dale Hall to the AWF Board of Directors.

Policy News 3-17

DU lauds process to restore wetlands protections critical to waterfowl; Secretary of Interior Salazar Meets with DU in Pothole Country; DU's work in Wisconsin praised by Congressman Tom Petri

Policy News 3-16

DU to sportsmen: Ask Congress to direct oil spill fines back to Gulf Coast restoration; DU helps protect Miss. land grants funding from massive budget cuts; Natural Resources Trustees announce $1 billion down payment for Gulf Coast restoration efforts

Ducks Unlimited to Sportsmen: Ask Congress to Direct Oil Spill Fines Back to Gulf Coast Restoration

During a national sportsmen’s teleconference that drew more than 5,000 listeners, DU CEO Dale Hall and National Wildlife Federation CEO Larry Schweiger urged sportsmen to ask Congress to support legislation that ensures penalties paid by BP under the Clean Water Act be directed back to the Gulf Coast region.

Policy News 3-15

One year later: DU joins NWF to update sportsmen on Gulf spill restoration efforts, Teleconference set for April 20 at 8 p.m. EDT; DU and SCI victorious in effort to protect hunting on public lands, court rules waterfowl hunting can proceed on national wildlife refuges

Cut the Deficit, not Conservation

We at Ducks Unlimited are well known for fiscally conservative viewpoints. But we do not intend to sit idly by while programs that make a clear profit for the U.S. taxpayer are slashed under the pretense of getting spending under control.

2011 National Convention Speakers

These individuals will be presenting at the 2011 Ducks Unlimited National Convention in Quebéc City, Canada.

2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 18, 2011 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 76th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Policy News 3-8

Conservation Pays (an op-ed piece by DU CEO Dale Hall); DU biologist attends meeting of coalition aimed at creating a source of state funding for MS conservation

Finding the Right Road

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."

No Deposit, No Return

"When something extra is given in order to enjoy a pleasure in life, we tend to appreciate it more." Insights from DU CEO Dale Hall on giving and getting.

Let's Stand Up for the Duck Stamp

Insights on the Federal Duck Stamp from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

A Conversation with Dale Hall

DU's new CEO talks about his vision for the future of wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

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